Salobreña on a July Sunday

SAL Blue Zone OnLWe decided to go the Salobreña beach to see how the controversial blue zone was behaving – it was full of parked cars, as was the return road behind it with its free parking.

The water was cold and there was a persistent gusting Poniente wind – which is hardly the fault of the Town Hall – but even so, it wasn’t only those conditions that dismayed the holidaymakers that we interviewed.

We spoke to one young father who was loading his beach equipment into the boot of his car at around 15.00h. We asked him his opinion on the blue zone:

“It’s crap; it just another excuse to get more money out of us,” he complained.

SAL summer beach OnLHe said that had already spent seven euros on parking and with the prevailing weather conditions wasn’t going to hang around to pay more.

“The beach isn’t a very good one anyway; if it were, we might have stayed longer,” he explained.

The truth is that Salobreña’s main beach is just one long, steeply shelving beach made up of a mixture of small stones and grit or (black sand), so that putting up with the wind is a chore.

So we went to speak with a beach-front restaurant owner to find out his views. Although he wasn’t impressed with the blue zone, he wasn’t ready to totally condemn it, preferring to point out how unlucky the summer had been for local businesses so far with unusually cool summer weather and plenty of wind.

He also considers that the autovía is whisking trade away elsewhere, with tourists, he believes, deciding to stay on the new road and try out other locations. The summer tourist figures appear to support this claim, although it could equally be because of the crisis and bad weather… or perhaps a combination of all three factors.

We shall have to wait until the beginning of August to see just how July worked out for local businesses.

(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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